Love a long walk pt. 1

Bagels, dumplings, and friendship

It’s been a busy few weeks! Cookout catered a film shoot, I made prints for the same set, and I’ve been taking commissions for drawings and linocuts. If you’re looking for a wall refresh, Printed Originals is creating archival-quality C-prints of some of my drawings and prints from the past few months, and you can order them in A2 or A3 sizes, framed or unframed. I’m also open to more commissions, and will have something new in my shop next week :)


Eating

I love a long walk in New York. The other week I set out to get a bag of frozen dumplings from 88 Lan Zhou, a favorite spot that’s closing at the end of the month. The dumplings were in Manhattan, so to walk there I planned a breakfast stop at the King David taco truck at Prospect Park — a circuitous route but fun. Leaving the house I happened to cross paths with the only person I know who walks more than I do, and we set off together.

By the time we got to the taco cart at 10:30 they were closed. Sold out! So we did what any New Yorker craving carbs and cheese for breakfast would do and grabbed a bagel.

La Bagel Delight is the best among regular bagel spots: It’s not trendy or a historic institution, but the bagels are fresh and soft, they don’t put on too much or too little cream cheese, and the name is, well, delightful. A bagel and a dose of lox spread is a good way to power through downtown Brooklyn and across the Manhattan Bridge.

For a rest, we headed up to Elizabeth Street Garden and sat away from street noise for a bit. Then it was wandering through Little Italy and Chinatown, back on Bowery to 88 Lan Zhou. I nestled dumplings and chili oil into the cooler I’d packed, and we headed up to the Williamsburg Bridge. Back in Brooklyn, closer to home, we stopped at a deli for beer and ice cream, requisite provisions after a 12-mile stroll.


Reading

Two books about friendship:

Big Friendship by Aminatou Sowe and Ann Friedman.

The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions by Larry Mitchell, with really wonderful illustrations by Ned Asta, published in 1977 and re-released last year.

Read these back-to-back! Big Friendship will make you think harder about the ways you show up (or don’t) for your friends, and argues for dedicating the kind of time and energy to close friendships that often gets reserved for family or romantic partners. It’s a co-written memoir by two women whose friendship, while genuine, seems to rely on making and spending a lot of money. Their Shine Theory posits that supporting your friends as opposed to competing with them will land you better jobs and more success, creating the kind of life where you can take desert vacations together.

Larry Mitchell’s fictional vision of queer communal living also imagines a world where friendship creates abundance, but it’s an abundance of caring and mutual support outside of the systems and institutions that serve only a small population of powerful people. In life, his friendships and non-traditional living arrangements didn’t always work out, but the book is a helpful tool for imagining new ways of living. These days especially, a little imagination sure helps.


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